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My Brother is a Dog (Mein Bruder ist ein Hund)

My Brother is a Dog
Scene from "My Brother is a Dog" (photo © Tradewind Pictures/Bernd Spauke)

There's nothing that ten-year-old Marietta wants more for her birthday than a little dog. But what does she get instead? A silly old rock. Except that this rock is special: it fulfills its owner's greatest wish. And sure enough, one morning Marietta wakes up to find a little dog waiting to play with her. But when she notices that her four-year-old brother Tobias is missing, she realizes that he has been transformed into the dog! With their parents away and grandma too obsessed with cleaning to notice that anything's wrong, Marietta begins to feel lonely and does her best to turn "Tobi" the dog back into "Tobias" the boy. But Tobias apparently likes being a dog, especially after a film crew discovers the talented mutt and offers him a role in a production. Back from their vacation, Marietta's parents desperately begin to search for Tobias, since they obviously don't believe their daughter's tall tale. Realizing how much she misses Tobias, Marietta gathers all her courage to rescue him from the canine chaos he's gotten himself into and to bring her whole family happily back together again.

Family entertainment has always been a specialty of director Peter Timm, from the hit "German reunification" comedy Go Trabi Go" (1991) to the successful children's feature Rudi the Racing Pig (1995), and to the enchanting My Brother is a Dog with its irresistible young leads, both human and animal!
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Peter Timm
Screenplay Thomas Springer
Cinematography Achim Poulheim
Barbara Hennings
Bob & Barn
Monika Bauert
Cast Gary Lewis, Martin Lindow, Christine Neubauer, Irm Hermann, Maria Ehrich
Producers Thomas Springer, Helmut G. Weber
Production Company Tradewind Pictures/Cologne, in co-production with Bos Bros. Film-TV Productions/Hilversum, Film & Music Entertainment/London, WDR
Runtime 96 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Rio 2004, Oulu 2004 (In Competition), Black Nights Talinn 2004, Chicago Children's FF 2005, Rio 2009
Awards Best Film Chicago 2005
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Nederlands fonds voor de film, MEDIA
German Distributor Solo Film Verleih/Munich

World Sales
Bavaria Media International

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